CHICAGO, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Farm income and land values in
the southern Midwest and mid-South regions of the central United
States were steady to firm in the fourth quarter of 2012, with
more strength expected in early 2013, the Federal Reserve Bank
of St. Louis said in a quarterly survey of agricultural bankers.
“The District’s relatively strong performance in the fourth
quarter contrasts sharply with the widespread anticipation in
the previous survey that last summer’s drought would
significantly lower income and capital spending,” the bank said,
based on its survey of 61 agricultural banks. “Many bankers
cited the effect of crop insurance in alleviating the expected
negative impact of the drought.”
CHICAGO, Feb 8 (Reuters) – The CME Group, the
largest U.S. futures market operator, is tinkering with its
trading hours to try and please two factions in its oldest
constituency: the grain industry.
Industry officials said CME is looking for a way to strike a
balance between international grain companies that want shorter
hours and small rural grain elevators that like longer trading
MIAMI BEACH, Florida (Reuters) – IntercontinentalExchange Inc (ICE.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has received inquiries from rivals interested in buying NYSE Euronext’s (NYX.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) European stock exchanges once ICE completes its planned purchase of the New York-based exchange operator, ICE’s chief executive said on Monday.
Jeff Sprecher, whose $8.2 billion deal to buy the Big Board parent took markets by surprise in late 2012, said he is not considering any offers.
CHICAGO, Jan 17 (Reuters) – U.S. agribusiness giant Cargill
Inc, and one of the nation’s largest beef processors,
said on Thursday it will close its Plainview, Texas, beef plant
on Feb. 1 in reaction to the smallest U.S. cattle supply in more
than 60 years.
“The U.S. cattle herd is at its lowest level since 1952.
Increased feed costs resulting from the prolonged drought,
combined with herd liquidations by cattle ranchers, are severely
and adversely contributing to the challenging business
conditions we face as an industry,” John Keating, president of
Cargill Beef, said in a statement.
CHICAGO, Jan 9 (Reuters) – U.S. agribusiness giant Cargill
Inc reported a four-fold increase in quarterly
earnings on Wednesday, tapping its global command of cash
markets and food processing and posting strong profits from
trading operations after a poor performance a year ago.
The strong results came as the United States, the world’s
top food producer and exporter, struggled with the consequences
of its worst drought in more than 50 years. Commodity prices
rose and fell sharply during the August-November quarter as
fears of crop losses gripped the markets.
CHICAGO, Jan 4 (Reuters) – The U.S. Corn Belt – the world’s
top grain region – is seeing another dry winter after the worst
summer drought in half a century, reducing prospects for a
bumper summer harvest that would help ease global food prices,
crop and climate experts said.
“We are still concerned about getting the leftovers out of
the way from the drought of 2012. At this time we would not
anticipate a national corn yield above the trend,” said Iowa
State University climatologist Elwynn Taylor, who has studied
crop production for decades. “Rather, we would expect a fourth
consecutive year of below-trend crop, not as far below as in
2012 but still not up to par.”
CHICAGO, Dec 11 (Reuters) – Red-hot demand for farmland in
the top U.S. corn-growing state of Iowa drove prices to record
highs in 2012, buoyed by demand from cash-rich farmers and
ignoring the worst U.S. drought in the last 50 years.
The average price of Iowa farmland was $8,296 an acre – an
all-time high – a 23.7 percent rise from a year ago, according
to the Iowa Land Value survey of 486 real-estate brokers and
other market participants compiled by Iowa State University.
That surpassed the previous record of $6,708 set in 2011. The
gains also mark the third year in a row where values rose more
than 15 percent.
CHICAGO, Dec 5 (Reuters) – A top Iowa State University
agricultural scientist predicted on Wednesday that the United
States would see below-trend yields for a fourth straight year
in 2013 and spotlighted long-term climate risks for farmers in
the years ahead.
“It’s looking likely that we will have a fourth year of
below-trend U.S. corn yields. But not as bad as in 2012, but
still below trend,” Elwynn Taylor, Iowa State University
climatologist, told Reuters Ag Forum, an on-line chatroom.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Soaring farm operating costs, not record high land values feared by economists of possibly causing a repeat of the 1980s farm crisis, pose the greatest risk to U.S. farmers, the head of the country’s largest farm management company said on Tuesday.
CEO of Farmers National Company, Jim Farrell, told Reuters steep increases in cost of fertilizer, seed, fuel and machinery are the main concerns for farmers.
CHICAGO, Nov 19 (Reuters) – The U.S. grain industry says
high speed computerized traders are disrupting their markets,
but grain exchanges and regulators have no quick fix for the
concerns, according to grain industry officials and traders.
The dispute, which pits grain companies at the Chicago Board
of Trade against speculators armed with algorithms and superfast
data feeds, echoes protests seen in world stock markets in
recent years as old-fashioned arm-waving traders have been
replaced by electronic matching of bids and offers on screens.